From a very early age people have a natural thirst for knowledge, for exploring, for pushing boundaries. It is how the human race has developed and evolved to the extraordinary level that we find ourselves today.
The way children are being taught at school is changing, due to the fact children demand more interactivity and (some would say) they have shorter attention spans as a result of their hi-tech toys and computer games.
So what does all of this have to do with yoga for children?
Yoga is pretty much the antithesis of all of that.
It is the yin to technologies yang.
Children enjoy yoga because they enjoy using their bodies.
They run because it feels exhilarating.
They climb because they have a natural sense of adventure.
They hang off monkey bars because it feels good to use their body!
Yoga gives children a chance to explore what their bodies can do. They can balance, twist, arch, flex, be strong, and be steady.
A children's yoga class is quite distinct from an adult one. They play games and explore yoga poses through tales of exotic animals from far off lands. They become the tiger stalking his prey. They are the cobra that prepares to strike! They freeze like a rabbit, alerted to danger. These stories draw the children in, and the children participate, using their bodies (and voices!) as much or as little as they choose.
Children adore the mystique of foreign lands. They dive headfirst into stories of adventure and undiscovered territory.
After a few sessions the children learn to be aware of their breathing. They learn to be still and quiet.
In addition to being brilliant fun, confidence-boosting and a feeling of togetherness - the physical benefits are numerous.
Weak bladders can be strengthened, posture can be improved and flexibility can help reduce the risk of injury. Children as young as six can't touch their toes (with straight legs). Many children are not taught to stretch at the end of a PE lesson (or football training session) which, over time, results in tight muscles and potential injury.
Children need to move! They need to balance, twist, arch, flex, be strong, and be steady.
And they need to do all of that in a safe environment where they feel empowered and are having great fun!
I am CRB-checked by the police. I am a qualified primary school teacher. And if you ask anyone who knows me - I am a bundle of energy who loves storytelling and children!
Children's yoga class starting after the October half term.
Please contact me to register your interest and discuss class options.